- Teaches students:
- Ages 15+
- Teaching since:
- August 2008
Music has always been a large part of my life. I began piano lessons at age 5 and sang with my school and community choirs growing up. I always enjoyed participating in school musicals, band concerts, and theatre. I began private voice study at age 16, and started my own student-run musical theatre company the same year. I have a Bachelor's in Music Performance in Classical Voice, and I am a classical and musical theatre repertoire in the Boston area as well as arts administrator. I strive to motivate my students to be unique musicians with the confidence to pursue their artistic passions!
Kaila is a versatile musician who enjoys performing classical, jazz, and musical theatre. She regularly performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Past opera and music theatre appearances include shows with New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Footlight Club, the Wellesley Players, the Opposite of People Theater Company, NE Cabaret Theatre, Boston Metro Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Mpls), Illusion Theatre (Mpls), and the Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company of Minnesota. In 2007, Kaila participated in a music performance workshop in Vienna, Austria where she studied classical repertoire with renowned soprano Donna Robin. She received further advanced training through Nautilus Music-Theater’s Wesley Balk Opera / Music-Theater Institute and workshops with Tony-Award Winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Kaila is passionate about collaboration with other artists. She enjoys both experimental and traditional art forms, and especially admires the work of Wesley H. Balk in developing practices for the complete singer-actor. Kaila is an experienced teacher of voice and piano, and has directed three full-length musical theatre productions and a concert promoting the works of living composers. Kaila received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and currently studies with Kathleen Flynn.
*** Lesson Details ***
My promise to my students:
I will strive to provide musical instruction of the highest quality to the student by engineering a method specifically suited to their needs and aspirations. I will consistently search for new ways to challenge, enrich, and improve my students – providing them with the tools for a worthwhile musical experience.
My teaching style:
I have a passion for performing and teaching. I believe that music is an essential part of life, and that those who are involved in music find success in other areas of life as well. Music gives us energy and confidence!
It requires a lot of work and practice to become proficient on any instrument, but the work should be enjoyable – we make music because we love it! That said, it will not always be fun - every student runs into problems now and then that can be discouraging. The majority of musical practice is done at home, when the teacher is not there to assist the student. Therefore, it is important that students gather skills during lesson times that empower them to address difficult issues on their own.
What Happens In a Lesson:
The music lesson is an invaluable tool for musicians of any age and skill level. It is a time to reinforce fundamentals, learn new approaches to prepared material, learn new concepts, and receive the advice of a fellow musician. It is not a time to warm-up or practice materials assigned from a previous session.
Generally a lesson will begin with five to fifteen minutes of “fundamentals” - including scales, and warm-ups. Next is the performance of pieces assigned from a previous session, working through each assignment, and an introduction of what should be worked on for the next lesson (this is the core of the lesson). New concepts and studies are also introduced at this time. The lesson schema will, of course, vary from student to student. I am open to suggestions from students regarding material they would like to work on, and enjoy working my own teachings into new material.
My teaching method focuses on proper breath control and relaxed yet energized singing. The breath is the foundation for everything we do as musicians, and it is important to be comfortable and familiar with one's own body when creating music of any kind.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Private in-home studio with 88-key weighted keyboard, music stand, seating, and hot tea/water provided
*** Specialties ***
Classical, musical theatre, jazz, folk
H. Wesley Balk - focusing on the complete-singer actor
Singing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra year round as a Soprano member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus at both Boston Symphony Hall(Boston, MA) and the Tanglewood Music Center(Lenox, MA).
Founder and director
Traveled to students homes to teach music lessons. Maintained a full studio of piano and voice students ranging in age from 5-35.
I am currently taking courses through Mass General's Institute of Health Professions in preparation for entry into a Speech-Language Pathology graduate program. Through this work I am learning more about the speech mechanism and vocal health from a clinical perspective.+ Read More
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A really cool voice trainer.
Working with Kaila has been a joy for me. From the wide array of voice exercises she teaches me to the choice of songs to work with, Kaila continuously exhibits careful consideration for my singing needs and goals. She is encouraging without being indulgent. She compliments me generously but also never fails to pinpoint weak spots in my singing and to give hands on advice to strengthen and refine these.